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Webcast #102 – 2014

Posted July 3, 2014 by D. K. Holm

A reduced team this week looks at Tammy, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, followed by: the surrealistic Transformers: Age of Extinction; Korengal, the new war documentary that covers the same ground as the previous Restrepo; Violette, about a French writer; Willow Creek, a found footage hunt for Big Foot; the kids’ film Earth to Echo; […]

TV Outbacks: Fargo

Posted June 22, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Some years ago I came up with the sub-noir genre film soleil, consisting of crime thrillers set in sunny climes and with a different moral alignment than the typical films noirs of 1938 – 1957. Later half jokingly I added another sub-sub genre, in fact sub-temperature genre, called film glacé, consisting of crime films set in the […]

TV Outbacks: Hannibal

Posted by D. K. Holm

NBC's Hannibal

Hannibal recently completed its second of two 13-episode seasons, airing on NBC Friday nights, with a third season slated for next year. Fridays and Saturdays are currently considered dead zones for network television, although all of network TV is probably deader than it was in the 1960s, when 40 million people could tune into a single […]


Posted June 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Obvious Child is the latest mumblecore-curious indie rom-com, and looks to become a modest hit as an anti-Juno as it tells the tale of a stand up comedienne who becomes pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand and chooses to dispense with the fetus. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, from what feels like an autobiographical impulse, and starring […]

Webcast #101 – 2014

Posted by D. K. Holm

Amid the chaos of All Classical Portland’s move to new and larger digs, the sparks fly in the podcast booth when the team clashes over Obvious Child, the new indie comedy about a stand-up comedian who gets an abortion. Also on hand are discussions of the new “musical” Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons; the post […]

Back to the Future

Posted June 13, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Poster for Million Ways to Die in the West

Another “death” movie recently released last weekend along with Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow is A Million Ways to Die in the West, and I’m baffled as to why the film has received such poor notices and bad word of mouth. In situations such as this, one always turns to Rotten Tomatoes and finds […]

Webcast #100 – 2014

Posted June 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

For its 100th show, On the Aisle looks at the next round of big summer releases, beginning with How to Train Your Dragon 2, with Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett, and the comedy 22 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Some new indie and art house films include the Jim Jones take off […]

Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted June 6, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Posters for Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars

As it  invades our thoughts at three in the morning, so now has death invaded a “big movie” summer weekend. The dual release of Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars indicates a new morbidity in the culture that we haven’t seen since Six Feet Under, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and a […]

Webcast #99 – 2014

Posted June 5, 2014 by D. K. Holm

A big week for movies as the team assesses Maleficent , the new Disney fairy tale rethink; Chinese Puzzle, the French sitcom; the new vulgar satire A Million Ways to Die in the West; the revenge thriller  Cold in July, the Polish art house drama Ida; and the clever new Tom Cruise sci-fi war film, Edge of Tomorrow. Next time, it’s […]

Webcast #98 – 2014

Posted May 22, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Ed Goldberg, Marc Mohan, Mona Bowen,  D. K. Holm and other furry creatures gathered for a survey of the week’s film openings and various revivals. This week the team begins with X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring an all-star cast, then moves on to the one-man-show Locke with Tom Hardy, followed by The Double, based on […]

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